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UW Medicine welcomes Brad Simmons, MHA, FACHE, in his new roles as the president of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Washington. He takes the helm from Cynthia Dold, who has served as interim president since October 2022 and will continue to serve as chief operating officer of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics reporting to Simmons.

“Brad is known as a kind and committed leader who is focused on achieving the best outcomes for patients, employees and the community,” says Tim Dellit, interim CEO at UW Medicine. “He recognizes and values the role of academic health systems in providing outstanding clinical care, conducting scientific discovery and training the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

Simmons comes from the University of California, Davis where he has most recently served as the chief administrator for UC Davis Medical Center and chief operating officer for UC Davis Health Hospital Division. Prior to UC Davis, Simmons held leadership positions at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City and at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. He has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“I am thrilled to join the UW Medicine team,” Simmons says. “The role of academic medical centers is vital in healthcare, especially in light of the recent pandemic. We must continue to support our communities by providing critical care during a time when all health systems are facing challenges. As we look to the future, we must continue the mission of improving the health of the public, including the most vulnerable. UW Medicine serves a tremendous diversity of communities, and I look forward to ensuring excellence at each and every location.”

For more information, read the press release on the UW Medicine Newsroom and stay tuned to learn more about Simmons in an upcoming Huddle article.